From Our Editors
Legions of red, white, and blue-swathed fans fill the Allen Event Center to watch the Americans deliver board-shaking checks and high-octane slap shots on the ice below. A minor-league affiliate of the Minnesota Wild, the Allen Americans skate their way around competition of the ECHL.
A relatively young franchise—they first competed in the 2009–10 season—the Americans immediately established themselves as a playoff contender, advancing to the championship series in 2010. Finally, in 2013, the Americans won the elusive Ray Miron's President Cup. They followed that championship with another in 2014 before skating out of the CHL and into the Western Conference of the ECHL—where they won the Kelly Cup in their first two seasons in the ECHL.